I’ve had two posts where I share concerns about women’s ministry in the church. Check them out here and here. Too many women’s ministries seem to be stuck in the past (happy housewife emphasis), focused primarily on married women with children, or simply lack depth and substance. Please see the posts where I expound on this more.
Recently I read about a ministry to women in the Dallas, Texas area: www.polishdallas.org This is a para-church ministry that reaches out to professional working women. The two women who started it work in the corporate world and found that professional women in their 20’s and 30’s are a largely unreached people group who have little familiarity with Christianity and few, if any, church connections. Polish is attempting to reach out through hosting luncheons for professional women, and encouraging them to consider the Christian faith.
They did extensive sociological research and found two significant statistics:
- In the early years of the 21st century, for the first time single adult women outnumber married women. And many of these women work in the corporate world.
- Women in their 20’s and 30’s have the lowest percentage of church involvement of any generation in the modern era.
They concluded that: “Women’s ministry must recognize that most adult women are single and not involved in church.”
The needs and realities of women are changing. Yes, there are still plenty of traditional stay-at-home-moms too, and we don’t want to alienate them either. We need church women’s ministries that don’t focus so exclusively on one life stage, but rather have a more diverse focus. And instead of everything being through a “role” focus, we need an “in Christ” focus where we look to Christ and our position in Him. Our identities should flow from the Gospel, rather than our status as mom or wife or our career position.
As a group like Polish tries to reach professional women where they are in the corporate world, we need a church that is ready to receive them…and not alienate them.
[The statistics and details on Polish that I share in this post came from an article entitled “The Office: Taking the Word to Work” by Glenn R. Kreider that appeared in Kindred Spirit magazine, Spring/Summer 2012 issue.]